About the Center
Since the beginning of the 20th century, we see the increasing trend of social, political, and economic connectedness among people, states, social movements, and parties in a process of transformation that can be called globalization. According to many scholars and policy makers, this is a result of new technological innovations, such as car manufacturing through assembly lines in the early 20th century, internet and IT revolution in the 1990s, and emergence of global commodity chains. However, we see negative trends in the global political economy related with economic inequality, poverty, climate change, wars, ethnic and religious conflicts, corruption, and many other issues. The world is changing; so is global governance, as a result of political economy. Most of the global institutions and international organizations were established under the conditions of WWI, WWII, and the Cold War era. Today we have a different world and we need to have a post-Cold War era of global governance and institutions that will be beneficial to peace, security, and economic equality.
This new center is intended to bring together scholars to exchange ideas of global governance and political economy. We organize seminars, workshops, and conferences; invite visiting scholars for a semester or a year; publish academic articles, books, and newsletters; support MA theses and PhD dissertations; and collaborate with other academic centers on global governance and political economy.
We welcome new ideas and different perspectives, because we are all different and coming from diverse ethnic, religious, social, political, and economic backgrounds. But we have to live together in this world with peace and security; therefore, global governance is an important aspect or milestone for a better world. However, in the last two decades, global governance has been in crisis to deal with certain social, political, and economic problems. As a result, we see a widening gap between rich and poor in the global south as well as in the industrialized countries, with chaotic urbanization, infrastructure problems, terrorism, ethnic and religious conflicts, climate change, clean drinking water issues, migration, and many other problems that we are facing today. Therefore, we believe that communication among scholars is a vital element to create a theoretical and practical paradigm for a more manageable world and eliminate miscommunication among institutions, people, and states in the global era.